Ashtanga–Mysore Style

Mysore style practice is the
self-paced, traditional forum and cornerstone for studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

We offer it as we were taught by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and Richard Freeman. No experience with the series is necessary and beginning students are always welcome.

Our approach to the practice is inviting and personalized. Please read below for Matt’s particular approach to the practice. Practitioners arrive anytime during the class period and practice for as little or as long as they like, but are encouraged to build endurance so that a one to two hour sequence becomes routine. The teacher moves around the room and practitioners are supported by the teacher individually. Beginners and those with a therapeutic self-practice welcome. If you are a new student, please check in with the teacher upon arrival. 

Please visit Matt’s personal website for FAQ’s, sequence break downs and more information here.

MEET YOUR TEACHER : MATT CHAMPOUX

Matt has been teaching Ashtanga since 2005 (in both led and Mysore-style settings). He took his first class with Richard Freeman at the age of 14, and since has been a devoted student of Ashtanga practicing daily with gratitude under the close watch of his root teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. He has also been greatly influenced by Dr. Robert Thurman, Dan Michael, Wendy Bramlett, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Cindy Lusk, Ramanand Patel, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, John Friend, and Francisco Kaiut. After 12 years of study in Boulder, Colorado, 500 hours of teacher training, and completion of the Third Series with Richard and Mary, Matt moved to San Francisco to teach the Ashtanga method as Director of the Mysore program at The Mindful Body. He also teaches in The Mindful Body 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Learn more about Matt online at Mattchampouxashtanga.com.

From Matt Champoux : Yoga Is For Everyone – my approach to the practice. 

I encourage the use of props and modifications to support all levels of practitioners but also promote non-dependency on props. I support students to experience the internal forms of the postures as a way of directing then towards the correct and organic external form of the pose. Therefore, I teach Ashtanga in the method of my root teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. I work with students one-on-one, at a pace that is appropriate to you. The pace of class is catered to your needs and your growth as a practitioner is as much a dialogue as it is a direct transmission of knowledge and method. My spacious approach to the practice respects lineage and yet employs the cutting-edge dimensions of postural inquiry (props and application of physiological knowledge) to support your evolution as a practitioner. Students in our shala range in age from early 20s-mid 60s. Ashtanga is for everyone, except lazy people. All you have to do is be at the studio by 7am and you’ll be receiving all the benefits of a private yoga lesson at a drop-in price.

For absolute beginners : If you are completely new to the practice your first day will involve a private consultation and review of Ashtanga fundamentals followed by a short practice, which I will support you to complete. The rest will come in time. Curious? Email me with more questions OR JUST COME TO MYSORE AND JUMP IN with the intention of checking it out for at least a few weeks to get a sense for things. 

 

Special Mysore Guest Teacher Leigha Nicole

Monday through Friday 6 to 9am | Mysore Practice Led by Leigha Nicole
Teacher arrives to adjust at 7am and chants mantram at 7:25am.

Sundays 7:30 to 10:00am | Mysore Practice Led by Leigha Nicole
Anthea arrives to adjust and chant mantram at 8:00am.

Important to Know : 
New to Mysore? Please arrive after 7am Monday through Thursday and after 8am on Sunday when the teacher is present.

Traditionally, Mysore-style Ashtanga is not practiced on full and new moons, which are considered inauspicious days on which to engage in strenuous practice.

 

Regular Mysore Schedule

Monday through Thursday 6 to 9am | Mysore Practice Led by Matt Champoux
Teacher arrives to adjust at 7am and chants mantram at 7:25am.

Fridays 7 – 8:30am | Led Ashtanga Primary Series Led by Matt Champoux
A guided half primary or primary series class.  All students practice together at the same pace.

Sundays 7:30 to 10:00am | Mysore Practice Led by Matt Champoux
Anthea arrives to adjust and chant mantram at 8:00am.

Important to Know : 
New to Mysore? Please arrive after 7am Monday through Thursday and after 8am on Sunday when the teacher is present.

Traditionally, Mysore-style Ashtanga is not practiced on full and new moons, which are considered inauspicious days on which to engage in strenuous practice.

Adjunct Faculty: Leigha Nicole, Claire Lavery regularly sub for Mysore program

 

2017 Mysore Moon Days

At The Mindful Body, we observe the full and new moon days as rest days, where no formal practice is offered. Practitioners are encouraged to use this time for reflection and study.

*We will still hold Friday Led Ashtanga, when it falls on a Moon Day. 

Month

New Moon

Full Moon

January Wednesday 11th Friday 27th
February Friday 10th (led ashtanga) Sunday 26th
March Sunday 12th Monday 27th
April Monday 10th Tuesday 25th
May Wednesday 10th Thursday 25th
June Friday 9th (led ashtanga) Friday 23rd (led ashtanga)
July Saturday 8th Saturday 22nd
August Monday 7th Monday 21st
September Tuesday 5th Tuesday 19th
October Thursday 5th Thursday 19th
November Friday 3rd (led ashtanga) Friday 17th (led ashtanga)
December Sunday 3rd Sunday 17th

THE MINDFUL BODY
2876 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-2639